The basic goal of discipline in Wheatland Elementary School is to develop and promote the growth of student self-discipline and to encourage and reinforce appropriate behavior. We believe that the students, staff and parents share the responsibility for appropriate student behavior.
It is important that students be on time for school. If a student is not in class when O’Canada plays at 8:50 a.m. or the p.m bell goes at 1:20 he/she will be required to go to the office for a late slip prior to going to class. After the second late, detentions may be given. We ask that you encourage your student to make every effort to be on time.
We have a milk program at Wheatland. Milk is pre-ordered and prepaid. Ask at the office or homeroom teacher for more details.
Students will eat their lunch in their homeroom. We ask that each homeroom teacher either supervise or make arrangements to have the students supervised during the first 15 minutes of the lunch break (12:35-12:50). At this time (unless arrangements have been made) students are to go outside until the warning bell (1:20) Supervisors are asked to see that students deposit all of their garbage in receptacles and clean up any spills or mess. Students may not eat food in the halls.
Attendance at school is extremely important. Poor attendance is the most frequent cause of poor grades. A student should be at school everyday unless there is a justifiable reason. These include: illness, medical appointment and family bereavement.
Our prime concern is to ensure that your child gets to school safely each day. If you know in advance that your child will be absent or will be leaving school early for any appointments, send a note or use the day timer to notify their teacher/office. If a note has been sent it will not be necessary to phone the school on the day of absence, but sometime the office doesn’t get the message and we may call. We apologize for this. If the child is out for more than one day due to illness we would appreciate a call every day just to keep us informed.
If the school has not received notification of your child’s absence, then someone from the school will call home, or the work place of either parent, to check on the whereabouts of your child. Please notify the school if this is not suitable.
Students should not arrive at school before 8:05 a.m. If the weather is unfavorable students will be allowed to wait in the school foyer. All other areas in the school are out of bounds at this time.
When the bell rings at 8:20 a.m. and 1:07 p.m. students should proceed to their homerooms or next period class. We also ask that students use the doors that have been assigned to their grade level.
Please remember that volunteers, parents, and visitors to the school are requested to enter through the office doors and must wear a volunteer/visitor button. These buttons can be picked up any time at the office. Please do not go directly onto the playground or to the classroom before checking in at the office. This is for the protection of all the students. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please remember to notify the school of such changes. It is important that the school have some way of contacting you either by phone or mail of happenings going on at the school.
Our school timetable runs on a four-day cycle, (i.e. Monday being Day 1, Tuesday Day 2, etc) with Fridays rotating. The timetable has been altered to accommodate one Friday each month where there is no school. Extending each school day makes up the educational time. The Friday schedule can be found in the student daytimer.
The office telephone provides limited times for student calls of an EMERGENCY nature only. Please restrict use of the phone. Students will not be called from class for phone messages. These will be sent during lunch and before dismissal to avoid class interruptions. Please do not call the office to have students reminded of appointments etc. Use the daytimer to remind them. Please try to have all arrangements made for hair appointments, dentist, doctors etc, and any other after school plans before the students come to school to avoid the possibility of the student not getting his or her message. Students will not be permitted to use the phone to make after school play plans.
Report cards are issued three times a year for students. These report cards come out in November, March and June.
Interviews following the first report card will be in November, and the second report card-March. Parents should feel free to contact administration, counseling or teaching staff at any time regarding the progress of their child.
Students should not leave the building prior to regular dismissal without signing out at the office first. Students wishing to leave the school for medical or dental appointments or by parental request must present a note to their homeroom teacher, the office, or both. Or they can be picked up at the office. Please do not request that students meet you outside the office or go to their homerooms, but come to the office and have them called out of class to avoid them having to wait and missing more class time than is needed. Once again it is important that students remember to sign out at the office before leaving the school.
At 3:02pm when students are dismissed we ask that they not remain at school to wait or play. Emergencies do happen and on occasion they may need to wait a little longer. Please notify the office if that is the case.